Duquesne jumped to a 9-1 lead, led by 10 at half time and went on to an 86-60 victory over the Flashes in a Wednesday morning game in Pittsburgh.
It was the largest margin of defeat for Kent State this season, which is now 1-6. Duquesne is 4-3, but two of its losses have come to Wisconsin-Green Bay and Princeton, which are ranked second and third among Mid Majors. The third loss was to Syracuse.
Krista White led Kent with 20 points for the second straight game, with 17 of those points coming in the first half. Melanie Stubbs had 11 points and Larissa Lurken 10. Freshman Naddiyah Cross started at point guard in place of senior tri-captain Mikell Chinn, who suffered a concussion in practice during Kent State’s trip to the Cal Poly Holiday tournament over Thanksgiving. Cross had four points, three assists and four turnovers.